How long does it take?
What type of anaesthetic is used?
“Twilight” conscious sedation
Do I have to stay over at the hospital?
Not required. Daycase or outpatient surgery
Within the nostril ‘sill’ crease ± lateral lip line
From £1995, as standalone procedure
How long before I can…
What is a liplift?
In the upper lip, the aim is to reveal and evert the upper lip vermillion for ‘a natural pout’ and volume, without the need for lip implants or fillers. With a “central lip lift’, the middle third of the upper lip can be given a feminine shape, fullness, and youthful natural pout. The scar is hidden in the deep crease under the nose (nostril sill).
With a “lateral” or “wing” upper lip lift, there is a gentle ‘out-rolling’ of the upper lip to provide volume, definition, and vermillion show. It reduces the shadows at the corner of the lips and elevates the corner ‘commissure’.
In combination with facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, or ‘Botox’ to lift the corner of the mouth, these lip procedures are very satisfying, where the overall effect is greater than the sum of the parts. Occasionally the combination of lip lift surgery with gentle low volume filler is the exact prescription to achieve a youthful volume, natural definition and hydration of the lips.
In the lower lip, a simple technique within the “wet mucosal surface” of the inner aspect of the lip allows definition and volume of the tubercle of the lip which promotes a gentle pout to match the upper lip or as an independent procedure.
These ‘small surgery’ options can be combined with a range of face and neck lifts, all the non-surgical techniques with ‘Botox’ and fillers to provide a very powerful natural and feminine change. These are the ‘icing on the cake’ procedures which add to complete care of the aesthetic face with hidden scars and natural outcomes.
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Why consider liplift surgery?
What are we trying to achieve in a lip? A pair of lips should be balanced, with a natural and feminine pout, well hydrated and healthy, with the appropriate ‘show’ of dry vermillion (and not exposing the “wet mucosa” of the internal lip). The lip should have youthful volume, but not volume excess. The shape of the Cupid’s bow is important, and the angle of the lateral element of the lip in its descent to the corner (“commissure”).
In profile, the length of the columella (between the nostrils) of the nose to the nasal tip should be in balance with the length of the upper lip to the vermillion, and the angle between the two is a defining parameter of masculinity versus femininity. The vermillion of the upper lip and the junction between the dry lip and the wet lip gently meets the dry/wet border of the lower lip in repose. There is, for many people an opening of the lip with a narrow tooth–show in the natural posture of the face in repose. The natural creased surface architecture of the dry vermillion is an important aesthetic feature and often compromised by the application of too many fillers.
As in so many things, the balanced result is in the detail.
The range of surgical and non-surgical techniques applied to the lips offer a perplexing minefield of choices. Jonathan and his team will guide you through the options with clarity. What is your desired outcome? What recovery time is available to you? How do you approach matters of cost, and how do you perceive matters of risk?
There are many horror stories about both surgical outcomes and non-surgical therapies. Which are true? What is the balance of risk, reward, recovery time and cost? All these questions will be answered by Jonathan with clarity, in plain and simple language, and backed up with a written report.
The consultation is usually a 2-3 step ‘analysis phase’ at either our London or Essex clinics. Alternatively, we can arrange a video consultation from the comfort of your own home.
1. Discretionary free-of-charge video-call
Jonathan will enjoy introducing himself to you in a free video-call to discuss your request. It would be very useful if you could send us some selfie photographs (to firstname.lastname@example.org; held securely as part of your medical record), which will help inform the conversation.
2. Face-to-face consultation
If you would like to receive a detailed written analysis, with a quote for treatment, Jonathan will meet you in clinic for a face-to-face appointment. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member for support. The medical history and physical analysis in the privacy of the consulting room is an essential part of making the treatment plan. After this meeting you will receive a detailed plan and a written quote, together with a suite of information about our ’twilight’ surgeries, relevant comments from prior patients, and some insights about the psychology and holistic care that is part of our commitment to you.
3. Face-to-face or remote catch up…
Jonathan recommends that you open a “procedure diary” on your phone, into which you can drop any questions that occur to you throughout the day, and after receiving the clinic letter and information from your face-to-face consultation.
This third conversation is to answer any questions you have, and to allow Jonathan to ask you about any reflections he has had to refine your care.
…. Step 4…..
In truth, our door is always open, and Jonathan will be very happy to see you face-to-face or remotely if you have further questions about your requested procedure.
Consultation fees: £295 is charged prior to Step 2
Please be aware we use a data security software to encrypt any correspondence that we send you which includes your personal data. These emails may fall into your junk folder, so following your consultations please keep a regular check on this folder.
If you wish to receive unencrypted, ‘open’ email to your inbox – please can be requested via an online, ‘one click’ consent form.
Swelling and bruising are an inherent part of liplift surgery and are usually not perceptible to regular social contacts after two weeks. Return to driving is at 2 days. Stitches and staples are dissolving. Return to the gym is between 2 to 4 weeks with a gentle increase, and return to swimming at six weeks. You can shower at 48 hours. Sleeping position is best on your back with three pillows for gentle elevation to reduce swelling.
Every surgical procedure carries inherent risk, and risk events may happen despite every person in the team performing without error. In the ‘analysis phase’, Jonathan will discuss matters of risk for each type of procedure – central lip lift, lateral lip lift and the various upper and lower lip combinations, backed up with a concise and clearly written document of risk. Jonathan is proud to run a practice that is low risk for patients, and, when a risk event rarely occurs, to provide a comprehensive open – door service to resolve matters.
However, liplift itself can only be done once to avoid shortage of skin.
Aesthetic lip surgeries are a family of procedures that allow us to provide shape, projection and youthful femininity to the upper and lower lips. Daycase surgery, raid recovery and hidden scars make for a stable and happy result – with no implants, fillers, or loss of the architecture of the natural lip.
Lip aesthetics now has a new armamentarium! In concert with facelift, the non-surgical use of fillers, and chemical peels and resurfacing, we can offer our patients total care for natural youthful – voluptuous – lips!